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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Tell Your U.S. Representative To Co-Sponsor The Cicilline Resolution Opposing The Chained CPI

Also: Alliance Supports U.S. Senator Rockefeller’s Bill As Way To Achieve Medicare Savings, National AFL-CIO Releases New Database To Track CEO Pay & More Retirees Claim Early Social Security Benefits During Recession

Published Monday, April 22, 2013 10:00 am
by Alliance For Retired Americans

Tell Your U.S. Representative To Co-Sponsor U.S. Representative Cicilline’s Resolution Opposing The Chained CPI

Last week, U.S. Representative David Cicilline (Democrat-Rhode Island) introduced a Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives expressing Clear Opposition to using the Chained CPI Method to calculate Cost-Of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) for Social Security Benefits.  In light of recent Budget Proposals that include Chained CPI, it’s crucial that Representative Cicilline’s Resolution receives a High Level of Support.  More than 2,600 Members of the Alliance For Retired Americans have already contacted their Members of Congress asking them to Co-Sponsor the Resolution.  The Cicilline Resolution is H. Con. Res. 34 and has 81 Co-Sponsors.  To see who they include so far, go to To see why the Alliance opposes using the Chained CPI and to add your voice to the cause, if you have not already done so, click on  As a reminder, more than 4,800 Alliance Activists have signed a Letter to the White House opposing the Chained CPI. Help us reach 5,000 at



Alliance Supports U.S. Senator Rockefeller’s Bill As Way To Achieve Medicare Savings

The Alliance released a Statement last week regarding Legislation that Lowers Prescription Drug Prices.  In a response to the Federal Government paying Unconscionably High Drug Prices for Dual-Eligibles on Medicare, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (Democrat-West Virginia) introduced a bill last week to Require Drug Companies to provide Discounts for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries, as they currently do under Medicaid.  The Alliance strongly supports Senator Rockefeller’s Legislation (S. 740), which would save Taxpayers and Medicare Beneficiaries billions of dollars.  After passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Law in 2003, Drug Companies received Windfalls worth billions of dollars, as a result of No Longer Applying Rebates for Dual-Eligibles (Beneficiaries who qualify for Medicare and Medicaid).  Senator Rockefeller’s 2013 Medicare Drug Savings Act reverts back to previous Law and Recaptures the Savings Lost under the 2003 Law.  “By simply returning these Beneficiaries to Medicaid-Negotiated Rebates, Taxpayers would save ($141.2 billion) over the next ten years,” Alliance Executive Director Edward Coyle said.  The Rockefeller Bill has 18 Co-Sponsors.  To see who they are, go to  Read the full Rockefeller Press Release and see a Coalition Letter of Support at


National AFL-CIO Releases New Database To Track CEO Pay

Last week, the National AFL-CIO released Executive PayWatch 2013, a Comprehensive Searchable Database tracking the Excessive Pay of Corporate CEOs.  The CEOs of the Top 500 Companies now make an average of 354 times the Average Wage of a U.S. Worker.  This Income Inequality has Significantly Worsened in the last 30 years.  In 1982, top CEOs made only an Average of 42 times the Average Wage of a U.S. Worker.  To view the Database and Compare Your Own Pay to that of a CEO, go to  “In order to enjoy a Secure Retirement, Americans ‘must receive’ a Fair Wage during their Working Lives,” Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks said. “When CEOs keep increasing their ‘own’ Pay to Astronomical Amounts at ‘Others’ Expense, Workers cannot afford to save for Retirement.”



Recommended: New PBS Documentary - Age Of Champions

The Alliance invites you to watch the new PBS Documentary - Age of Champions - for free from April 18th - 28th, at  Age of Champions tells the story of Five Competitors who Sprint, Leap and Swim for Gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old Tennis Champion, 86-year-old Pole Vaulter, and rough-and-tumble Basketball Grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.  The Film premiered to a standing ovation at the prestigious Silverdocs Film FestivalThe Washington Post hailed it as “infectiously inspiring,” and it’s already shown at more than 1,000 venues around the World.  Invite your Family, Friends and Colleagues to watch the Film by sharing the link on Facebook. Also invite them to a Live Filmmaker Q&A on April 25th at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. PST!  Watch the trailer and learn more at



More Retirees Claim Early Social Security Benefits During Recession

According to Data from the Social Security Administration, Increasing Numbers of Retirees have been Claiming Early Social Security Benefits since the Economic Recession began in 2008. In 2007, 33.5% of Men and 36.3% of Women Claimed Early Benefits at Age 62.  Two short years later, in 2009, 35.8% of Men and 38.9% of Women Claimed Early Benefits.  The SSA believes that this Trend is Likely the Result of Increasing Unemployment.  To read the SSA Report, go to “This data is a clear illustration that Raising the Eligibility Age for Social Security would be devastating for Seniors,” Alliance President Barbara Easterling said.


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